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Kawasaki ZX14

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by mirage100, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. mirage100

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    Anyone here have a ZX14? If you have one and don't mind lets here about it. They look sweet to me. Thanks
     
  2. bac1023

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    Here's mine.

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    The bike is awesome. I actually just got over the thousand mile mark and now can open it up fully. This thing has as much pull over 5000RPM completely stock as my Hayabusa and GSX-R1000 did with full exhaust systems and power commanders on them. That's fast.

    Below 4000RPM, its as mild any 600. Kawasaki did this to make it easy to ride on the street. Of course, there are mods to "fix" this. I sort of like it however. Either way, I plan on getting a full titanium Muzzy system for it along with a power commander next season. This should increase horse power by 10-15 and reduce weight by about 30lbs since its all titanium plus it gets rid of one of the cans.
     

  3. bac1023

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    The 14's engine makes about 190HP at the crank and about 170 at the rear wheel stock. A properly setup full exhaust with a power commander should see 180-185 rear wheel HP.

    Here are power and torque graphs comparing it to the Hayabusa. You can see how the Hayabusa puts out more power and torque in low RPM. After that, the ZX sets itself apart. Both bikes are completely stock.

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    Here is an acceleration chart with a professional drag racer. I know I couldn't duplicate these numbers, but this is what the ZX-14 is capable of. Check out the 0-100MPH time. Again, its completely stock! With a pipe, power commander, and tie downs, I have seen runs between 9 and 9.25 seconds. Crazy.


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  4. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I think that Eric Powell the owner of GlockTalk also has a blue beast as well. He has a pic of one for his avatar.

    It seems like a lot of owners are complaining about the way Kawasaki docilize this vehicle at low RPM - that's why the Busa has more oomph at the bottom end.

    I say throw a PCIII on it, remap it, or reflash the ECU and remove the speed governor and let'er rip. It'd be interesting to see what this magnificent stallion can do at full gallop.
     
  5. mirage100

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    Where can you get info on how to do this.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'm sure that somebody already got a ZX-14 forum started somewhere. There are already custom shops doing performance tunings for this bike and racing them at the drag strips.
     
  7. bac1023

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    Here's mine:
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    I just went over 1,500 miles on mine and I couldn't be happier. People complaining about this bike's low-end performance haven't spent much time on one. It will give you power when and where you want it. It is just engineered so that it doesn't do so unexpectedly. This is at once the fastest bike I have ever ridden by far and the most civilized. It is odd to find both qualities in one bike, but the ZX14 pulls it off.

    BTW bac1023, the Ti-Force exhaust system lightens the bike by 35 pounds and increases the power by 20 horsepower, when installed with a Power Commander. Power Commander now has fuel maps for this exhaust as well. Eric
     
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    I had a Ti-Force on my GSX-R. They are very nice systems. I was just guessing at Muzzy's power increase, it might be more. Since its a Kawasaki, I just figure I'll go with Muzzy. Ti-Force is a very nice system though. We'll see, either full Ti system should save about the same amount of weight. It will most likely be spring before I do something like that. Right now, I'm enjoying the "stealth" mode.

    BTW, I have almost 1200 miles on mine. You're right, its both blistering fast and civilized. I can't imagine how it would feel with that much more power and less weight. As it is, its just as fast as my GSX-R1000 was with the full system and commander, plus its much more comfortable and easy to ride. Of course, they're two different animals.
     
  10. mirage100

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    I would like to see a 07 in green. I will start checking out these bikes. The local dealer has two with about a 1000.00 off list.
     
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    I might look decent in green, but I think the lime green is best reserved for Kawasaki's hardcore supersport line, more specifically, the ZX6R, ZX6RR, and ZX10R. The ZX14 is totally different.
     
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    Can you please tell me why the ZX14 is not a hardcore supersport bike
     
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    davew83 hhhhhhhhmmmmmmm

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    Too big and heavy, my 600 will smoke it in the curves with ease. Also if you can name a major road race origination in the world (WSB, AMA, British Superbike etc...) let me know.
     
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    Supersport bikes are basically race replica motorcycles. The ZX-14 is an extremely fast sport touring bike. It is not used in AMA or any other motorcycle racing association. Its bigger, heavier, longer, lower, and has a MUCH more relaxed riding position than a supersport motorcycle. A liter class supersport bike would kick its butt from one end of a race track to the other. So would a 600cc supersport for that matter, granted the straights weren't overly long.

    Ride a race replica supersport, such as a GSX-R, for a couple hundred miles and then ride a ZX-14 and you'll answer your own question. After riding my RSVR, which has a very extreme riding position, my ZX feels like a full on touring bike.

    On its website, Kawasaki groups the 14 in with its supersport line. This is for marketing purposes only. Its totally different. In fact, it looks much different.

    Take a hard look at the ZX-14 and then compare it with the true supersport bikes. Look at the dimensions and weight as well. The main reason it isn't available in lime green is because its in a different class. Notice the absence of the "R" designation in the ZX-14's name. If you get a chance, go to a local dealer and sit on a ZX-10R and then sit on a 14. Feel the difference in weight and riding position. The gauges are completely different as well. The ZX-14's dash has many touring functions built in.

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    http://www.kawasaki.com/product_detail.asp?product=112&category=2&tag=motorcycle
     
  15. mirage100

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    Thanks guys for all the GREAT info just what I was looking for.I hear you can lower this bike can anyone tell me what it takes to do it and how much lower you can get it ? Thank you